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Thread: Machine use

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    Super Member jlm5419's Avatar
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    I got a featherweight for taking to classes or group sews, and my other vintage machines are for piecing and machine quilting small items. The 15'' Bailey quilts larger items. The new machine is mostly for embroidery or specialty stitches.

    I love vintage machines for their reliability, easy maintenance and repair, and they just plain look cool.

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    I use my Janome 10001 for embroidery or specialty stitches. I use my Singer 27 treadle for piecing. I use my Singer 15 electric or my Morse 672 for FMQing and my 66 treadle for most everything else. Oh, and I have an old Kenmore that I use to wind bobbins. I have an old Singer on my quilting frame. It seems that each one has a different purpose in life! Sort of like people, I guess!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlm5419 View Post
    I love vintage machines for their reliability, easy maintenance and repair, and they just plain look cool.
    I agree with this! I piece on my 101, 201 or FW. I FMQ on my 15-91. The only reason I keep a modern machine around is to do applique. As soon as I find a good vintage that will do zig-zag, I will get rid of my modern machine. Once you see the beautiful straight stitches a 101, 201, or 15-91 makes, it is hard to go "back" to a modern machine!
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    I use my Janome 6500 atleast 3 times a week at home. My FW gets used frequently for quilt camp, sew meets and other times our guild members get together as a sewing group for special projects..

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    I have a 15 badged clone and so far have only made a quilt top and a cover for it. I plan to use it more and try FMQ on it. I have two straight stitch only machines. I am more use to sewing on them and I do like a few simple things I like better about them.
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    I use all my vintage machines...which ever one strikes my fancy when I start a project. My newest machine which I bought a year ago was a brother embroidery machine. It was new and I had to have one....funny thing is I haven't even read the book and It is sitting on the counter with a cover on it and I haven't even threaded it. This year I am going to learn how to use it. I have 2 featherweights, a pfaff 101 Treadle, a 15 year old pfaff (I consider my new machine), a singer 301, a pfaff 130 circa 1950, and a viking mega quilter ( at least 15 years old), and a Kenmore crinkle 1947 or48. I have six permanent sewing stations with machines all set up. I initially put diffent color thread in each machine with matching bobbins ( I did more general sewing when I started...now I almost always just quilt). I just pick one to make a quilt on and start. Each machine has it's better quality, but I just like the durability with all of them. I usually clean them myself, but occasionally they did a more expert attention. I have a service person who is semi retired and I must have been his first customer because no matter what is wrong the charge is always the same $20.00 and parts which he usually robs from a parts machine donor. It is a perfecty solution for me.

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    Super Member purplefiend's Avatar
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    I use my vintage machines mostly for piecing and garment making. Quilting is my HV Sapphire 875's job, she has a 10" throat; also for decorative stitching(175 of them). I have 4 treadles set up all the time,6 heads share the 3 Singer cabinets. The Pfaff treadle is the newest acquisition, lovely machine in pristine condition too.
    My electric machines are Singer 4 Featherweights,two 301s,a 306W(waiting for a spa treatment),Berninas 930 and 1031,Pfaff 1222E. Most of them get used at some point.
    Last edited by purplefiend; 10-30-2012 at 08:06 PM.

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